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USA produce one of sports' best comebacks to pip New Zealand to America's Cup

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USA produce one of sports' best comebacks to pip New Zealand to America's Cup

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Oracle Team USA produced one of the best comebacks in sporting history to win the 34th America’s Cup.

At one stage they had trailed Emirates Team New Zealand 8-1, in the best of 17 contest.

But they produced an incredible and dramatic fightback to triumph 9-8.

Jimmy Spithill, USA skipper, said: “Man, it’s the ultimate: to come back and the greatest comeback in sports history says a lot about a team, a lot about the character, the heart and the fight they’ve got inside them.

“Man, it was worth every single part of it. I have so much respect for Emirates Team New Zealand. Dean Barker is a champion. Team New Zealand are champions and they will be back.”

Dean Barker, New Zealand skipper, said: “It’s really very frustrating, you know. You think back two weeks the opposite was true. You know, the gain they’ve made has just been phenomenal and big credit to those guys.

“They’ve really done an amazing job to sort their boat out — probably a good thing for us they didn’t do it earlier.”